March 6th – 11th 2012
Firehall Arts Centre
as part of the Chutzpah! Festival

Matinees – Wed March 7, 1pm &     Sun March 11, 2pm

Firehall Arts Centre Box Office
By Phone 604-689-0926

by Michael Redhill

Performed to a haunting a cappella score of folk music from around the world, Goodness explores what it means to tell, or even know, the truth about one of humanity's most sinister habits – genocide. With time-shifting tales-within-tales, award-winning playwright and novelist Michael Redhill takes the audience on a gripping, and at times darkly funny, journey through the life of a recently-divorced writer as he wrestles with a failed marriage, his family’s Holocaust history, and the story of a much more recent atrocity told to him by a mysterious woman with a chilling secret. Toronto’s Volcano Theatre has been touring this stunning and passionate production for years to great acclaim, including winning an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2006.

“One of the top ten shows of the past decade” NOW Magazine, 2009

Michael Redhill was educated in the United States and Canada and he took seven years to complete a three-year BA in acting, film, and finally, English. Since 1988, he has published five collections of poetry, had eight plays of varying lengths performed, and been a cultural critic and essayist. He has worked as an editor, a ghost-writer, an anthologist, and a scriptwriter for film and television. Currently, he is the publisher and one of the editors of Brick, a journal of things literary. His latest novel, Consolation, won the City of Toronto Book Award, and was long-listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize.

Production Credits

Photo of Lili Francks by Michael Cooper

A Volcano Theatre Production
Presented with the Chutzpah! Festival and
the Firehall Arts Centre

Directed by Ross Manson
Set & Costumes by Teresa Przybylski
Musical Direction by Brenna MacCrimmon
Sound by John Gzowksi
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
Cast: Paul Braunstein, Layne Coleman, Lili Francks, Tara Hughes, Jack Nicholsen & Amy Rutherford


Georgia Straight Spring Preview
The Draw: The rep of Michael Redhill’s script. When this production from Toronto’s Volcano Theatre played in New York, critic Honor Moore of the New York Times said that it “has the intimacy and discordant reach of a late Beethoven string quartet”. In Edinburgh, it won a Fringe First Award.
Target Audience: People willing to ask tough questions, including “Could I murder?”

Vancouver Sun Preview
Toronto’s bold and experimental Volcano Theatre stages Michael Redhill’s gripping play about genocide, which has garnered raves for performances in Toronto, New York and Edinburgh.

Don’t miss this stunning Canadian work with a knockout international touring record.

Winner, Edinburgh Fringe First Award, 2006
Winner, Carol Tambor “Best of Edinburgh” Award, 2006
“I doubt if there will be a more gripping theatrical experience than Goodness at
Edinburgh this year.”
- The Independent

“One of the top ten shows of the past decade in Toronto theatre”
- NOW Magazine, 2010
“Smoulderingly intense… gut-wrenchingly convincing… you won't find it easy to forget.”
- Toronto Star
“some of the most gripping moments I've seen in Canadian theatre in quite some time.”
- The Globe and Mail

“has the intimacy and discordant reach of a late Beethoven string quartet…”
- The New York Times